Former ROCORI pitcher Ryan Hennen signs with Kansas City Royals organization
Former ROCORI Spartans multi-sport athlete Ryan Hennen has signed a contract with the Kansas City Royals organization. Hennen, a 2016 ROCORI graduate, most recently played for the Washington (PA) Wild Things of the independent Frontier League.
Hennen was the league’s 2021 pitcher and rookie of the year. He went 11-3 with a league-best 2.12 ERA over 106.1 innings. work.
At ROCORI, Hennen earned three letters and was named an All-Conference twice. Hennen posted a 6-1 record with a microscopic 1.20 ERA during his senior season.
He then played at Century College where he was named the 2017 NJCAA Pitcher of the Year. The 6-foot-tall southpaw then played at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro before joining the Wild Things.
” It was time ! [We] couldn’t be happier that Ryan finally got this opportunity. Without a doubt, it’s well deserved,” Wild Things manager Tom Vaeth told the team’s website. “This kid came here, worked hard and had a monster year for us. It’s great, not only for our organization, our clubhouse and our fans, but also for the league when the reigning pitcher and rookie of the year is recognized for his achievements by having the chance to continue his career in the of an MLB organization.
“I just want to say thank you to everyone involved in the organization of Wild Things, from the front office and the coaches to my teammates,” Hennen told the website. “I am grateful and beyond thrilled to join the Kansas City Royals organization.”